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To Horace Mann
command the Jacobites, and to exhort the Patriots to continue what they had mutually so well begun, and to say how pleased he was with their having removed Mr. Tench. Lord Islay showed these letters to Lord Orford, and then to the King, and told him he had showed them to my father. 'You did well.'—Lord I, 'Lord Orford says one is of the Pretender's hand.'—K., 'He knows it: whenever anything of this sort comes to your hand, carry it to "Walpole10.3 This private conversation you must not repeat. A few days afterwards, the Duke wrote to his brother, 'That upon recollection he thought it right to say, that he had received those letters from Lord Barrimore "'—who is as well known for General to the Chevalier, as Montemar12 is to the Queen of Spain—or as the Duke of A. would be to either of them. Lord Islay asked Sir R if he was against publishing this story, which he thought was a justification both of his brother and Sir H. The latter replied, lie could certainly have no objection to its being public—but pray, will his grace's sending these letters to the Secretaries of State justify him from tlie assurances1S that had been given of him ? However, the Pretender's being of opinion that the dismission of Mr. Tench was for his service, will scarce be an argument to the new ministry for making more noise about these papers. I am sorry the boy is so uneasy at being on the foot of a servant. I will send for his mother, and ask her why she did not tell him the conditions to which we had agreed ; at
10  Besides intercepted letters, Sir E. Walpole tad more than, once received letters from tte Pretender, makingMm the greatest offers, which Sir R. Walpole always carried to the King, and got him to endorse, when. he returned them to Sir E.  Walpole.
11  James Barry (1667-1747), fourth Earl of Barrymore; M. P. for Wigan; Lieutenant-General.
*2 Commander of the Spanishforces in Italy.
i3 The Duke of Argyll, in the latter part of his life, was often melancholy and disordered in his understanding. After this transaction, and it is supposed he had gone still farther, he could with difficulty be brought even to write his name. The marriage of his eldest daughter with the Earl of Dalkeith was deferred for some time, because the Duke could not be prevailed upon to sign the writings. Walpole.